To take full advantage of their time abroad, students are expected to maintain the spirit of the Middlebury Language Pledge to speak only the language they are studying. With the exception of our programs in Delhi and Oxford, we expect no English to be used in the Schools Abroad offices, except in emergency consultations with the director and his or her staff.
Students should recognize that this pledge plays a major role in the success of their study abroad experience, both as a symbol of commitment and as an essential part of the language learning process, as proven by the success of the Middlebury Language Schools. Speaking the foreign language to each other as well as to locals will help you to focus your energies on the acquisition of the language and to internalize the patterns of communication and the cultural perspective associated with the target language. Upholding the Language Pledge pays enormous dividends for students, both linguistically and culturally. Students need to respect the fact that most students are strongly committed to the Language Pledge, and violating it undermines the goals of other students. Students should be aware that if they repeatedly disregard the Language Pledge, they will be subject to the penalties outlined in the student conduct section.